Three Ways to Save Money with an Electric Fireplace

Gas or Electric FireplaceKeeping your house warm in the cold of winter is a necessity, but it doesn’t always have to be incredibly expensive.  There are ways of heating your home that can bring down your costs and still keep you warm and snug. Electric fireplaces are one of those options.  In this article we’ve come up with a list of three ways to save money with an electric fireplace.

Zone Heating

By only heating the spaces in your house that you’re actually using at the time, you can cut down on your heating costs.  When you turn on your furnace your entire house gets warmed up, even if you’re only using your living room. By using your electric fireplace to heat up the room you’re using, rather than the entire house, you’ll bring down your overall energy bill.  The results will be even more noticeable the bigger your house or if you’re trying to heat up rooms that are colder because of their location or construction. An electric fireplace can also allow you to evenly heat your house for less money in a way that a traditional furnace can’t.

Electric Versus Gas Or Wood

Electric fireplaces are much cheaper to install than a traditional wood or gas fireplace – especially if your house is already built.  You don’t need to worry about chimneys, gas lines, ventilation or open flames when you’re dealing with an electric fireplace. All you need is access to an electrical socket.  The cost of burning wood or gas will also be more than the cost of the electricity needed to run an electric fireplace. This also doesn’t take into account the amount of physical energy that needs to be expended when you have to haul, chop and stack firewood.

Energy Efficiency 

When it comes to wasted energy, gas and wood fireplaces can lose more than half of their energy into the atmosphere.  Most of the heat from gas and wood fireplaces goes straight out the chimney. Electric fireplaces on the other hand are almost 100% energy efficient.  Air pollution and greenhouse gases are minimal compared with gas or wood.

How to Choose the Best Ceiling Medallion

Architectural plaster moulding

Ceiling medallions first became popular in Victorian-style, middle and upper class homes in the 19th century.  The decorative feature was attached to the ceiling and used to accentuate the light fixture or chandelier. Ceiling medallions have become popular again in the 21rst century and are often used in large rooms as a novel decorative addition.  They also have a practical purpose of covering the unsightly ceiling box of a light fixture. Getting a ceiling medallion that works best for your room isn’t quite a scientific endeavour, but there are a few tricks of the trade that can be used when deciding how to choose the best ceiling medallion.  Read more to find out how.

Measure For Success

There is an industry formula that can be used to measure for the best size ceiling medallion for any room.  This involves calculating the room’s square footage and dividing by seven. The resulting number will give you the ideal diameter of a ceiling medallion in inches.  Of course this is only a guideline, but it will at least give your somewhere to start. Often interior designers will try and match the size of the ceiling medallion to the size of the light fixture.  However, in large, fancily decorated rooms it might make sense to use a ceiling medallion that’s larger than the light fixture. For smaller, simpler rooms, it might be better to go with a smaller ceiling medallion.  Use the square footage divided by seven formula to get a base measurement to work with and then adjust according to the type of room and light fixture you have.

Matching Styles

Look around the room and try and match the style of your ceiling medallion with its surroundings.  If the room is large, highly decorated and already full of a lot of other types of moldings, you’ll be able to utilize a ceiling medallion that’s much more detailed and intricate.  Patterns on furniture, wallpaper and the floor should also influence the type of ceiling medallion you choose. Just like putting together a matching outfit of clothes, you can do the same when it comes to putting together a ceiling medallion and the other features in the room.